Fort Collins OKs new oil and gas regulations, bans new wells in city limits

Ft Collins City Council
On 4/4/23, the Fort Collins City Council passed a new set of oil and gas regulations designed to be stronger than the state’s oil and gas laws.  These regulations to the city’s land use code will (in effect) ban new oil facilities from being built in city limits. 

The approved changes to the land use code include: 

  • Adding zone restrictions to oil and gas facilities.
  • Adding development plan review procedures.
  • Requiring a 2,000-foot setback from occupiable building, and an additional 1,000-foot buffer from Natural habitat features.
  • Adding a list of prohibited facilities to development standards, including injection wells.
  • Not allowing a modification of the setback standards.
  • Adding basic development review procedures for plugging and abandoning.
Colorado Rising applauds the Fort Collins City Council for taking these initial steps to protect the health and safety of residents.  We will continue to stand with Larimer Alliance, Fort Collins Sustainability Group and concerned residents to hold City Council accountable.  We urge City Council to continue this essential work and quickly pass the strictest and most protective operational standards regulations as well.  

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